Cong wants EC to stall Shah, Yogi from campaigning in Karnataka

New Delhi: The Congress urged the Election Commission (EC) on Friday to ban Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for the May 10 Karnataka Assembly polls for their alleged derogatory statements against the minority community that create an atmosphere of communal disharmony.

A delegation of Congress leaders, including Abhishek Singhvi, Pawan Kumar Bansal and Mukul Wasnik, met the chief election commissioner and the election commissioners, and requested the poll panel to ensure a level-playing field in the southern state.

The Congress will also seek all legal options with regard to the “vishkanya” remark made against former party chief Sonia Gandhi by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Karnataka on Friday.

They said the Election Commission should immediately take action against these leaders.

Briefing reports outside the Election Commission office, Singhvi said, “We have just finished a very productive and important meeting with the EC. We complained specifically about the highly objectionable, blatantly partisan, communal and false statements coming from top BJP leadership, in particular Home Minister Amit Shah and the Uttar Pradesh chief minister.” “They have made statements clearly against the minority community…. We have asked for a ban on campaigning by such persons,” Singhvi said.

Asked about the ‘vishkanya’ remark made against Sonia Gandhi by BJP leader Basangouda Patil Yatnal, Singhvi said the party will utilise all legal options available before it, including moving the Election Commission.

“It is a very derogatory and gutter-level remark against Sonia Gandhi…. We will use all legal options including the EC,” he said.